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Opinion pieces by Lowy Institute experts

1940: Free French coup de force in Noumea [English version]

In this contribution to the 2010 commemorative anthology commissioned by the Australian Consulate-General to Nouméa, Army Visiting Fellow Nick Floyd provides the historical military and strategic context to the eventful start of diplomatic relations between New Caledonia and Australia.Throughout

A dictator paradise

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights of 19 October that Fiji’s latest strongman, Commodore 'Frank' Bainimarama, who seized power from the elected government in a December 2006 military coup, is tightening his grip on power and dismantling what is left of Fiji’s democracy

New dragon in town

Fergus Hanson wrote for ISN Insights on 26 October that China’s increasingly active role in providing aid in the Pacific is a reminder of the scope of its global ambitions, but why is China so interested in the region, and how does it fit into the wider picture of its development assistance

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor Dieter Imboden presentation

Scientific research has become one of the most important economic drivers, especially in countries which are poor in natural resources. Yet, the role of science in modern society goes beyond the production of knowledge. At the Wednesday Lunch on 3 November, Professor Dieter Imboden explored the

Andrew Shearer interview: The Monocle

Lowy Institute Director of Studies Andrew Shearer was interviewed for The Monocle on Australia's ambitious defence spending plans.The interview can be heard at: http://www.monocle.com/the-monocle-weekly/edition76.aspxThe Monocle, Edition 76, 24 October 2010

Role of leaders assists in the strategy of aid

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver, authors of a new Lowy Institute Analysis 'What makes a leader? Leadership mapping in our region', set out some of the key findings from their report mapping the leadership in Samoa and Timor-Leste. The Australian, 27 October 2010

Time to put policy meat on white paper bones

In an opinion piece in The Australian's Defence Special Report, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White suggests a new process to develop a decent defence policy.The Australian, Defence Special Report, 23 October 2010, p. 2

A progressive case for Australia Afghanistan mission

In an opinion piece on The Drum, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, and Anthony Bubalo, Program Director West Asia, make the progressive case for Australia’s Afghanistan mission.The Drum Unleashed, 19 October 2010

Inflict enough pain and Taliban will negotiate

In an opinion piece in The Age, James Brown, a military associate in the Lowy Institute's International Security program, argues that the West must be patient, that the new strategy in Afghanistan has barely had time to start working.The Age, 19 October 2010, p. 13

A road map for global 'currency peace'

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stpehen Grenville writes that there is a middle path away from export dependence.Australian Financial Review, 11 October 2010, p. 23

Advance column

In his column in the new journal American Review, Lowy Institute Program Director for International Security Rory Medcalf surveys new research on strategic issues in US and other global think tanks. In the May-October 2010 issue, he looks at recent work by the Center for a New American Security, the

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy - Professor John McAneney presentation

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 6 October, Professor John McAneney, the Director of Risk Frontiers and a Professorial Fellow in the Division of Environment and Geography at Macquarie University, addressed the contribution of global climate change to the rising cost of natural disasters

Silver lining for India in threat of tarnished games

In this op-ed in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute India specialist Rory Medcalf argues that the fiasco around Commonwealth Games preparations might just have a long-term payoff for India if it strengthens internal forces seeking to reduce corruption and complacency in the way the nation is run

Getting China right

Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, presented the Sydney Ideas Lecture on 29 September 2009 on the topic of 'Getting China right'. The lecture can be read here

The world community organizer

In an article in The Daily Beast, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, writes that President Obama’s foreign policy bears the traces of his time as a community organiser in Chicago. This piece was republished on The Drum on 23 September 2010 at http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/

Aid program is healthy but in need of a plan

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Annmaree O'Keeffe writes that Australian aid dollars are reaching a greater range of countries around the world.The Australian, 20 September 2010, p. 10

Foreign policy attacks in fantasy land

In an opinion piece in The Weekend Australian, Dr Michael Fullilove, Program Director Global Issues, argues that Australian foreign policy during Labor's first term was successful by historical standards.The Australian, 18 September 2010

Can we eliminate nuclear weapons?

The 2010 Dr John Gee Memorial Lecture, 'Can we eliminate nuclear weapons?', was presented by Joseph Cirincione, who has devoted a long career to the study of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. He is currently the President of Ploughshares Fund

Swap exchange rate pressure for policy

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Asia must curb excessive capital inflows.Australian Financial Review, 13 September 2010, p. 25

Asia maritime security is all at sea

In an opinion piece in The Australian, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf warns that China and its neighbours lack even the basic maritime rules that kept the Cold War cool. This article is based on the recent Strategic Snapshot Decisions and Destinies: Asian Security in 2010,

The return of geo-economics

The return of geo-economics makes the case that our international environment has become one that is marked by an increasingly dense entanglement of issues involving international economics, national security and foreign policy. Geo-economics was born in 1990, inspired by the idea of strategic

As China rises, we must look beyond the U.S. alliance

In an opinion piece in The Australian, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White argues that, as China grows, a new order can be built in Asia that accommodates its power peacefully and preserves a vital role for America, including a strong US-Australia alliance.The Australian, 13 September 2010, p

2025: looking in the crystal ball

Mark Thirlwell, Program Director International Economy, published an article in The Canberra Times on the complexities of economic forecasting. The article is based on a longer paper in the Lowy Institute's Perspectives series, 'Our consensus future: the lay of the land in 2025'.Canberra Times, 11

Decisions and destinies: Asian security in 2010

In the Lowy Institute’s third Asia security 'Strategic Snapshot', Program Director for International Security Rory Medcalf assesses how recent security choices in Asia – especially at sea – could have long-term consequences for peace or conflict. Looking at recent events in light of Power and

Subtlety would help India rival China clout

In an opinion piece in The Australian, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that New Delhi must be assertive without provoking Beijing.An earlier version of this article was published in The Wall Street Journal on 3 September 2010.The Australian, 7 September 2010, p. 12

A relationship in need of a rethink

In an opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes that there is one Asian country whose rise will change our world dramatically: Indonesia. Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2010, p. 9

Has no one looked at the Green party’s policies?

Director of Studies Andrew Shearer writes in The Spectator that although we do not know who has won the federal election, the Greens have emerged as a force in Australian politics, but their national security agenda would leave Australia vulnerable.The Spectator, 3 September 2010

India must master the great game

India needs to stay cool in the face of diplomatic and security provocations by China, argues International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf in this opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. Through development, deterrence and diplomacy New Delhi can be prepared for looming rivalry.The Wall

Australia regional reach

Director of Studies Andrew Shearer told the International Relations and Security Network, in an interview on 1 September, that the Australian government will have its hands full managing the structural changes that bring countries like China and India to the forefront of global politics and make

Knowing me, knowing you

In this piece for the International Relations and Security Network, Fergus Hanson discusses the challenges Australia confronts in building close ties with its most important neighbour, Indonesia.The article in available online here

Our consensus future: the lay of the land in 2025

Despite repeated evidence of failure to forecast, there is a surprisingly strong consensus regarding the most likely future shape of the world economy. This paper describes this ‘consensus future’ and reviews some of the key building blocks, sketching out a possible picture of the world economy

U.S. could strain links with Jakarta

Lowy Institute Executive Director Michael Wesley writes in this commentary on the importance of Indonesia in regional dynamics and the Australia-US relationship.The Australian, 25 August 2010, p. 8

Quiet on the foreign policy front

Fergus Hanson, Research Fellow and Director of the Lowy Poll project, in an article for the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) Security Watch, writes that a lively election campaign has barely touched upon Australia's increasingly important and complex foreign relations.ISN Security

No helicopter drops of cash from the Fed

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that quantitative easing in the United States might have reached its useful limit.Australian Financial Review, 16 August 2010, p. 23

Cheonan choices

The Lowy Institute’s MacArthur Foundation Asia Security Project is releasing a new publication series, ‘Strategic Snapshots’. The first Snapshot, Cheonan Choices, by Andrew Shearer and Malcolm Cook, highlights the strategic implications of North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship

And then there their battle back home

James Brown's opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald addresses the Australian public's engagement with the Afghanistan issue and the role of our defence forces there.Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2010, p 11

The APC is a dead parrot

In an opinion piece published on Caixin Online, Andrew Shearer argues that the concept of an Asia Pacific Community as proposed by Kevin Rudd is now defunct, but that Australia has a strong record of institution-building in Asia which should be continued.Caixin Online, 20 July 2010

Not cricket

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Andrew Shearer, Director of Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute, argues that India's snub of John Howard for the International Cricket Council clearly goes against the spirit of the game.Wall Street Journal, 3 July 2010

IMF needs to be more than just Santa Claus

In an Economic Briefing in The Australian Financial Review, Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Stephen Grenville writes that Europe's insolvent states must be handled strictly.Australian Financial Review, 19 July 2010, p. 27

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